"It's A Witchhunt" - Russia Slams "Malicious Campaign" Waged By Unknown Americans To Damage Ties

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With the Russian ambassador's meetings seemingly a daily fixture in the CIA/FBI-leaked NYT or WaPo front page news, Russia warned on Friday that efforts to restore relations with the U.S. are being harmed by a “malicious campaign” waged by unknown Americans over meetings between its ambassador and President Donald Trump’s administration.

In an interview in Moscow, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, the political controversy over Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak’s contacts with U.S. officials is “harming our relations which are already in a bad condition, having been deliberately destroyed by the Obama administration." He added that “it’s clear that the current situation hinders the restoration of these relations on a positive path of development.”

Russia seeks “practical cooperation in areas where such cooperation is needed” with the U.S., including on counter-terrorism, nuclear non-proliferation, economic investment and a settlement to the Syrian war, Ryabkov said adding that “we’ll continue to work hard” to restore relations.

In addition to Ryabkov, Russia's deadpan Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov argued that contacts with officials and lawmakers are part of any ambassador's duties. According to AP, he said that the pressure on Sessions "strongly resembles a witch hunt or the times of McCarthyism, which we thought were long over in the United States as a civilized country." In the 1950s, Sen. Joseph McCarthy led a hunt for purported communist infiltrators in the U.S. government, often involving unfounded accusations.

Trump blamed Democrats for the controversy in a statement on Thursday night, "They lost the election and now, they have lost their grip on reality. The real story is all of the illegal leaks of classified and other information. It is a total witch hunt!"

At a news conference, Lavrov said Russia isn't going to mimic the U.S., but added that "if we applied the same principle to Ambassador (John) Tefft's activities in Russia and his contacts, it would have made quite a funny picture."

In a sarcastic Facebook post, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said she met Tefft in the ministry's lobby and warned him that he was putting himself in danger by meeting with Russian diplomats.

Over the past week, controversy over meetings with the ambassador prompted AG Jeff Sessions to recuse himself Thursday from investigations into alleged Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election, and led to Michael Flynn’s ouster as national security adviser last month Bloomberg adds.

Following years of confrontation with the U.S. under President Barack Obama, Russian officials saw hope for better ties when Trump took office. However, the Kremlin is becoming increasingly frustrated over the lack of progress after Trump heaped praise on President Vladimir Putin during the campaign and pledged to work with him, including in fighting terrorism.

Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin said Tuesday that Trump should make good on his pledge to mount a joint fight against Islamic State in Syria and there’d been “enough talk about it.” In his first speech to Congress on Tuesday, Trump didn’t mention Russia or Putin even as he declared that the U.S. is “willing to find new friends, and to forge new partnerships, where shared interests align.”

Meanwhile, also on Friday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the U.S. ambassador’s presence at peace talks in Astana, Kazakhstan, has been the only contact on Syria so far. Speaking in a conference call, Peskov said that “there haven’t been any other substantive contacts, nor any movement in terms of interaction and cooperation in fighting terrorism

“That’s regrettable, but on the other hand, it’s probably explained by the early stage” of new U.S. administration.
He also said taht the Kremlin has nothing to add to U.S. President Donald Trump’s description of U.S. controversy over Russia ties as “witch hunt.”

On the topic of a planned increase in U.S. defense spending, Peskov said that Russia isn't concerned as long as the strategic balance is not affected, and also noted that Russia isn’t interfering in French presidential election campaign.

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froze25's picture

Well apparently Obama,  Holder and Jarret are some of those unknown judging by their recent statements. https://youtu.be/dzgEQDYDEic

Latina Lover's picture

The entire Russian 'Story' is a good example of fake news.   Absolutely NOTHING of substance has been provided, no facts, dates or reliable witnesses.  Instead what we see is McCarthyism at its very worst, promoted by the biggest losers in American Political History, Hillary's supporters.

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Cheka_Mate's picture

Who is the group behind the Anti-Putin narrative?

Hint: Their blood relatives killed Czar Alexander II and later formed the leadership of the Bolshevik Revolution 

Logan 5's picture
Logan 5 (not verified) Cheka_Mate Mar 3, 2017 7:34 AM

Pleased to meet you, hope you guess my name.

new game's picture

cueing up for some real brain food. one of my all tyme favs....plus a few,(1)...

The Wizard's picture

Yes indeed. The Bolshevik's who raged war, via rebellion, in Russia, 1917 are culpable. They conquered Germany and the U.S. with the control of the FED and Pentagon after two brutal world wars they designed for world control.

Who cares they spoke with diplomats from other countries. The question is, what did they discuss. If it was about stopping the global elite freaks plan to control the world we should be glad they are speaking.

The Bolshevik's are PO'd because Putin is exposing them and their desire for world control. An attack on a New World Order is not kosher in their book. The global elites want to do away with the concept of sovereign countries. It is obvious as hell with their destruction of the middle east and moving refugees into Western countries who have a history of Christianity.

I continue to post this link because I believe Steele is dead on point. Ex CIA Robert Steele is making a lot of sense with his recommendations. He needs to be advising Trumpster. This interview should go viral.


WinstonSmith1984's picture

I think Sessions and Flynn both admitting they met with Russia's top spy is pretty substantive. A recording of Flynn's conversation is pretty substantive. Mike Pence admits to using private email servers to conduct government business.

When the guilty parties admit to wrong doing then its pretty substantive.

how_this_stuff_works's picture

Hilliary used a private email server to conduct government business.

Where's the OUTRAGE over that?

Logan 5's picture

"Where's the OUTRAGE over that?"


Probably somewhere in the basement of COMET PIZZA

Dancing Disraeli's picture

According to files released after the collapse of the USSR, McCarthy was largely correct.  Witch hunt is a more appropriate term.

shivura's picture

your grandfathers would consider you all traitors, but you don't care because you hated him anyway. sessions lying under oath about a russia meeting 5 days before russia releases emails and you guys don't think it's important?

keep in mind you are the same people that were calling for clintons head over endangering our national security through emails, i don't understand how you get away with such hypocrisy in front of yourself. your lives must be a mess.

AllBentOutOfShape's picture

"sessions lying under oath about a russia meeting 5 days before russia releases emails and you guys don't think it's important?"

Russia has never been proven to have released any private emails from anyone.  Go back to CNN.  It's lunchtime and they're reading to spoon-feed you another meal of some salty fake news.

buttmint's picture

true dhat LatinLover--the whole DNC attack plan is to obsfuscate in order to distract from PIZZAGATE...

Obama is a worm

thisandthat's picture

I think that, at this point, what Russia should do is to just issue a cease-and-desist ultimatum to the west, turn to Asia, whoever's honestly willing to play ball with them, and just cut ties with western Military/Indoctrination Complex organizations (political, economical, sports, you name it) until and if they come begging to their door.

Might be though for a while, but cleansing, and it's working for their agriculture, which is now top world exporter and sells way more than arms industry, which is telling.

StackShinyStuff's picture

"Unknown Americans."  They will not remain "unknown" for long.

Erek's picture

Just look to the DNC, anybody associated with the Obama administration, MSM and Hollyweird.

And don't forget Soros!

VinceFostersGhost's picture



"Unknown Americans."





noun: sedition, plural noun: seditions

  • 1. conduct or speech inciting people to rebel against the authority of a state or monarch.synonyms:rabble-rousing, incitement to rebel, subversion, troublemaking, provocation, rebellion, insurrection, mutiny, insurgence, civil disorder



Paul Sperry: Obama Has Trained Tens of Thousands of Leftist Organizers at Alinsky Camps



32,000 trained......another 25,000 on the way.

new game's picture

so we are going to arrest half of merica? 

big gov would luv that...

nmewn's picture

Unknown Americans...its just fascinating to me that dimz seem to think that the "security-intelligence apparatus" of the United States belongs to them, as if, it's just another Soros front group sponsoring glass breaking and tire fire's in the street.

They are about to find out different. 

Lumberjack's picture

XOM witch hunt update:



Democratic attorneys general in New York and Massachusetts refused Wednesday to comply with a congressional subpoena demanding they disclose information related to their investigation into ExxonMobil’s climate research.



buzzsaw99's picture

msm = subversive maggots

rino repugs and caricature dems = subversive maggots

d.c. bureaucracy = liberal subversive maggots

cia = liberal subversive maggots

Ghordius's picture

and what about the US Military Industrial Complex?

ah, I forgot. they get 50bn moar

how much is that? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_military_expenditures

it's just an increase equivalent to the total countries like the UK, India, France or Japan spend

it's just a few billions short of what Russia spends... in total

buzzsaw99's picture

the mic was going to be next on the list but i lost my steam.

Giant Meteor's picture

"... and what about the US Military Industrial Complex?"

We need them, to keep this thing levitated ...


tuttisaluti's picture

Soros is one of them. 

BigFatUglyBubble's picture

Well Spicer said that Trump expects Russia to "give back Crimea to Ukraine," so that's probably not helping. 

Giant Meteor's picture

Meh, probably a head fake. Three dimensional chess and shit ..

Who really knows? Only his hair dresser for sure ..

peterk's picture

Putin should just bomb washington and get it all over and done with.

Giant Meteor's picture

Indeed. Bad hyperbole. Adds fuel to the nuts that don't seem to understand, armageddon isn't healthy for anyone, except bugs .. Damn after a few years can you imagine the SIZE of those things!? The 2 people left would be praying for the good ole days of Trump.

Good morning Buzz!

Giant Meteor's picture

The money shot! Well done Buzz!

Giant Meteor's picture


edit; Actually I thought Buzz used extraordinary restraint on this one. Clearly his training came through.

Wahooo's picture

Soros, Obama, Clinton. That's the enemy.

BigFatUglyBubble's picture

Vader, Jake the Snake, and the Iron Sheik, that's the enemy.

Hulk Hogan Theme Song:

I am a real American fight for the rights of every man
I'm a real American
Fight for what's right fight for your life

When it comes crashing down and it hurts inside
You gotta take a stand
It don't hurt to hide
If you hurt my friends then you hurt my pride I gotta be a man I can't let it slide

I am a real American fight for the rights of every man
I'm a real American
Fight for what's right fight for your life

I feel strong about right and wrong
I don't take trouble for very long
I've got something deep inside of me courage is the thing that sets us free

I am a real American fight for the rights of every man
I'm a real American
Fight for what's right fight for your life

I am a real American fight for the rights of every man
I'm a real American
Fight for what's right fight for your life

If you hurt my friends then you hurt my pride I gotta be a man I can't let
It slide

I am a real American fight for the rights of every man
I'm a real American
Fight for what's right fight for your life

I am a real American fight for the rights of every man
I'm a real American
Fight for what's right fight for your life

I am a real American fight for the rights of every man
I'm a real American
Fight for what's right fight for your life

I am a real American fight for the rights of every man
I'm a real American
Fight for what's right fight for your life

BigFatUglyBubble's picture

The next President of the US of A.  It's the logical progression.

Giant Meteor's picture

Indeed! and he'd have my vote too!

max_leering's picture

it may be progression, but not logical

Giant Meteor's picture

I am just guessing here, but I think that part was sarcasm. The rest, not so much.


NobodyNowhere's picture

Soros is a front.

The others are lackeys

You know who the real enemy is.  Stay focused

Giant Meteor's picture

Yes, a hole bunch of puppets with Isreals hand up thie ass. Sad to say, but all the important folks are playing on that team. Gonna be a heavy lift.

kidbroge's picture

You forgot the Bush crime family. They are the worst of the lot.  Hand 'em high!